Lossiemouth.co.uk http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk Just another WordPress weblog Mon, 02 Nov 2009 09:36:25 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.5 en hourly 1 The Golf Dedication Centre http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/88/the-golf-dedication-centre/ http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/88/the-golf-dedication-centre/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2009 09:36:25 +0000 admin http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/?p=88 Looking for a great place to tee off? A vacation, after all, is incomplete without a chance to test those nine irons in a quiet, out of the way place where it’s just you and the great outdoors, in the lap of nature at her freshest, greenest best…

The Golf Dedication Centre brings you all of this, and more. Nestled in one of the most picture perfect settings in all of Scotland, it is just adjacent to the Lighthouse, and offers a breathtaking view of the town, as well as the spectacular Moray Firth.

They have a 12 bay driving range that faces the lighthouse. The beautiful view is not the only thing on offer, though, as this course also comes replete with the latest electronic pop up trees. Also, they have a 3 par 9 hole pitching put up for fun time with the whole family, and you even have the option of booking a PGA professional on the site itself for personalized lessons. They also maintain the best stocked golf accessories shop in Moray, with custom fitting items from all major brands, including Cobra, Wilson, Mizuno, Sunderland, Glenmuir and PGA Collection. The staff will be more than happy to assist you with the right buy for your equipment.

So come to the Golf Dedication Centre, and blast off your vacation in Lossiemouth to an exciting start.

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Things to Do and See in Lossiemouth http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/29/things-to-do-and-see-in-lossiemouth/ http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/29/things-to-do-and-see-in-lossiemouth/#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2009 05:04:50 +0000 admin http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/?p=29 So you are visiting Lossiemouth and are looking for things to do? You do not need to look very far because there are many activities to be undertaken. With the warm Gulf Stream air, Lossiemouth has a temperate climate, ideal for enjoying the many incredible sights and activities that are available.

For those visitors that are interested in immersing themselves in history, there are plenty of ancient ruins and examples of period architectures throughout the area in and around Lossiemouth. Whether you are wandering through the ruins of Spynie Palace or Duffus Castle, feeling very small among the majestic ruins of Elgin Cathedral’s octagonal chapter house, seeing the grandeur of Gordonstoun, or being awestruck by the magnificence of Pluscarden Abbey; you will feel the history that is radiates from these historic sites. Close your eyes and you can easily imagine how imposing these structures were in their day.

If you are a castle fan, there is a castle not far from Lossiemouth that is well worth making a day trip to visit. Built in the 16th century, Ballindalloch Castle is a family home that is open to the public for viewing. The gardens and grounds of Ballindalloch Castle are stunning. This historic castle is one of the Scotland’s few privately owned castles still occupied by the original family, the Macpherson-Grants. The estate has its own golf course, offers fishing and shooting packages, and has accommodations on the estate that start at £45.00. At very affordable prices to tour the castle and grounds, £18.00 for a family being the most expensive, this should be on your itinerary of things to do.

Lossiemouth can lay claim to beautiful beaches. West Beach is a 3-mile stretch that is guarded by the Covesea Lighthouse. This beach is a windsurfer’s dream, provided the wind is cooperating. Rocks however can make this area dangerous as they do present a hazard to windsurfers and boaters. By contrast, East Beach’s beautiful rolling dunes and stretches of sand are a tranquil setting. The dunes were artificially created using old railway cars place parallel to the both the sea and the River Lossie. Taking a picnic and enjoying a day of swimming and unwinding on East Beach is a splendid way to spend your time.

Hiking, walking and cycling are ideal ways to pass the time in this area. There are many trails and designated paths so you can enjoy coastal or countryside outings. There is even the Malt Whisky Trail so that you can visit some local distillers. Birdwatchers should have their binoculars and journals at hand as they will be sure to find many birds that fascinate them.

If being out on the water is more to your taste, there is no lack of fishing or dolphin watching opportunities. Moray Diving runs fishing charters and dolphin spotting runs. You can also visit The Moray Wildlife Centre at Spey Bay and watch the dolphins playing and seals sunning themselves.

Golf aficionados need not look far for a bit of links golf and a course to challenge them. The Moray Golf Club in offers two different courses that are challenging in their own right. The views that you have while golfing is pure bonus.

When you visit Lossiemouth, spend your time enjoying yourself and soaking in the character of the area. It is truly a jewel in northeastern Scotland.

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Elgin Cathedral, Lossiemouth http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/25/elgin-cathedral-lossiemouth/ http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/25/elgin-cathedral-lossiemouth/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 19:12:31 +0000 admin http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/?p=25 Residing in the northern part of Scotland, in Moray District, exists what is now the ruins of what was a once great and old structure. Lossiemouth can claim this great structure as its own. The Elgin Cathedral, which is referred to in many texts as the “Lantern of the North”, is an early place for the emerging and strengthening presence of churches and cathedrals dedicated to the Holy Trinity.

In that century the seats of Papal authority existed in surrounding areas both close and far away from Elgin itself. The position and residence of that seat was held by Bishop Bricius. For his own personal reasons and possibly for a greater cause, the petition was a success in 1224 when it was finalized. The original cathedral remained in its prior position in Spynie until the successor to Bricius who was in power when the cathedrals institution in Elgin was confirmed.

It is a unique structure when looked at in from an architectural perspective compared to other structures in Scotland. The houses, or chapters of the facility were octagonal and were a pronounced feature that attract much attention from tourists and historians to this day. Those parts of the cathedral are mostly intact to this day, a testament to their strength and engineering.

The century after being built held some chaos for the cathedra. In the space of the 12 years from 1390-1402, it was both burned and attacked two separate times. The Earl of Buchan and the Isle Lord; as well as their follers, were respectively responsible, for both acts of destruction.

Attempts to reconstruct and repair the cathedral as well as the structures on its grounds met with minimal success in the 15th and 16th centuries. As befell so many of the other structures of the day, Elgin Cathedral fell prey to the abandonment of the Scottish Reformation. Use of the building was pretty much abandoned and forgotten until the 19th century, and the early 20th century.

Preservation on Elgin Cathedral began in the early portion of the 1800s and quite sometime later in the last half of the 20th century the restoration of the block work was completed. The restoration made the structure stable and it appears to have risen from the ruins. Although not restored to the full glory it saw in its prime, the Elgin Cathedral still stands as a beautiful piece of architecture and is well worth the visit.

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Lossiemouth, Scotland http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/23/lossiemouth-scotland/ http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/23/lossiemouth-scotland/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 18:51:25 +0000 admin http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/?p=23 Set at the mouth of the River Lossie on the beautiful coast of Scotland, the town of Lossiemouth is a busy port town. In the beginning, the town was to be a harbour for to help with its trading and house craftsmen, merchants, and builders. Over the years since it was established in the mid-1700’s, the new Lossiemouth has transformed from a small port town serving Elgin to a thriving port in its own right.

Lossiemouth is home to several examples of incredible architecture from different centuries. As you tour through the area, there are some landmark buildings that you cannot help but be drawn to. The history that permeats this area cannot help but be felt by those that visit Lossiemouth.

The Elgin Cathedral has parts that date from the 13th century as well as the best example of an octagonal chapter house in Scotland. The chapter house was constructed in the 15th century.

Unfortunately Duffus Castle was deserted in 1705 and is now in ruins. Andrew Moray burned the original motte-and-bailey castle to the ground in 1297. Duffus Castle was rebuilt as a more secure stone castle in the early 1300’s and was occupied until it was abandoned.

Originally built in the early 1200’s and rebuilt in the early 1400’s, Spynie Palace was the fortified seat of power for the Moray bishops for over 500 years. This impressive structure was left empty and uncared for from 1688. In recent years, Historic Scotland has undertaken restoration work on the palace.

Gordonstoun School is housed in an excellent example of 17th century architecture. This huge and magnificent building set on 150 acres was converted to coed school in 1934.

Covesea Skerries Lighthouse was designed by Alan Stevenson, the uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson, and was completed in 1846. The impetus to build the lighthouse stems from 16 ships being wrecked in a single storm during 1826.

Perhaps the most famous son of Lossiemouth is Ramsay Macdonald, the first Prime Minister from the Labour Party. He rose above the encumbrance of his illegitimacy, as well his poverty stricken beginnings to become a very visible and powerful political figure. He was unpopular for his outspoken views against the involvement of Britain’s involvement in World War 2 and his pacifist views led to his expulsion from the Moray Golf Club. His health in decline, he agreed to step down as Prime Minister in 1935 and subsequently passed away in 1937.

As with many towns and villages in Scotland, Lossiemouth has an amazing tapestry of history. In addition to the history, Lossiemouth offers so much diversity that there is something for everyone to do and see.

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Lossiemouth’s Moray Golf Club http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/17/lossiemouth%e2%80%99s-moray-golf-club/ http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/17/lossiemouth%e2%80%99s-moray-golf-club/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 17:10:14 +0000 admin http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/?p=17 Founded in 1889, the original membership of the Moray Golf Club in Lossiemouth included some influential distillers and had a high percentage of women players within a few years of opening. From an initial membership of 82, by 1904 there were over 500 members with almost 25% being women. Having so many women members says a lot given that day and age. Currently the membership at Moray Golf Club stands at around 1700. Golfing in Scotland is a national pastime.

The distillers within the membership impacted the club and the effects of that membership continue to this day. Beginning in 1900, the Moray Golf Club purchased 54 gallons of Glen Grant whiskey. Buying whiskey and bottling it as “club malt” has been a tradition that is maintained to this day. In 1992, the club switched from Glen Grant to Macallan Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky. The malt is bottled for the club when it is 10 years old.

With such a large growth in the membership ranks so early in its life, the Moray Golf Club found that the course was often congested during the summer with the influx of summer visitors to Lossiemouth. It was determined that another course was needed. The solution was that a 9-hole golf course was constructed on the existing course grounds.

Old Tom Morris, who was involved in designing a large number of golf courses in his day, also designed the first golf course at the Moray Golf Club. This 18-hole course is a challenging Par 71 course. Sir Henry Cotton, a renowned golfer and golf course architect, redesigned the second 9-hole course into an 18-hole golf course. A shorter course than the Old Course, the Par 69 New Course has tight fairways and small greens. Both courses are a test of golf’s skills. Few other places allow you the opportunity to golf two rounds on courses that were designed by such notable masters of design. That the Moray Golf Club has hosted several nation tournaments is a testament to the challenging level of the courses.

Moray Golf Club is definitely a golf course worth visiting while you are in the area. If golfing is your passion, you will find that both the Old and New Courses will challenge and relax you.

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Moray District-Lossiemouth’s Home http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/15/moray-district-lossiemouths-home/ http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/15/moray-district-lossiemouths-home/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 16:03:18 +0000 admin http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/?p=15 The main town in the district known as Moray, is Elgin. Being the main town and center of much of the activity, it lies five miles south of Lossiemouth, which used to be the primary port area serving the Moray Elgin residents. The heart of the whisky production in Scotland is housed here, and it is a simple jaunt to start here and explore much of the coastal areas as well.

The city of Elgin is the bustling center of the area with many stylish shops and a highly pedestrian-oriented transportation base. In fact, it is rather high in the frequency of variety and specific shops compared to surrounding areas and communities. High Street has many 19th century buildings towering over the main walkway and is a sight of magnificent viewing to those who tour here or reside there.

Lady Hill once carried the full structure of Elgin Castle, however little more than a shambles or remnant of the original castle remains today. Most of the people say the climb is worth it though if only to get a panoramic view of the entire land below. Elgin Cathedral, the town’s prominent church facility, dates all the way back to 1224 and stands as a testament to its importance and prominence; having been dubbed the “Lantern of the North.” Also contained within the cathedrals grounds are many representations of Pictish culture and many crosses exhibiting the craft by those people so many centuries ago.

The Moray Society runs a museum, one of Britain’s oldest facilities of its nature, in Elgin. In 1842, the museum was built to showcase pieces from worldwide, abroad, and many of those from close to home. Currently around 26000 pieces find their resting place there for perusal by those who desire to learn a bit more about world and local history.

Pluscarden Abbey, a unique monastery, sits six miles from the Elgin’s town center. It is unique in the fact that it is still up and running with its intended and original purpose in mind; the housing and teaching of monks. It’s rare to see a medieval monastery still functioning in any capacity, much less its original. Moray District is a county full of ancient sights.

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RAF Lossiemouth http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/10/raf-lossiemouth/ http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/10/raf-lossiemouth/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 15:44:05 +0000 admin http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/?p=10 The Royal Air Force facility in Lossiemouth, Scotland was built in the first half of the twentieth century, nearly 70 years ago. Built in 1939, RAF Lossiemouth was used during World Ward 2 (WW2). Harvard and Oxford planes were the first aircraft to be seen frequenting and using the facility during its formative years after having been built, but that soon grew to include many other aircraft. The area had perfect weather, prime conditions and was suited to house many more vehicles and necessary mission transports. At first, the facility was used mostly as a training area for bombing runs, but there were several operational missions carried out from here. The most notable being the mission that crippled the Tirpitz, Germany’s beacon and pride, the head of its battle fleet.

RAF Lossiemouth saw its first action in the World War 2, but it saw its highest amount of use during the Cold War era. At the end of the period known as the “Cold War” right and before it was handed over and became part of the Fleet Arm, it became a satellite facility and an operational branch of Milltown coastal command,. Twenty seven years later, in 1972, it was once again given back to the Royal Air Force. The chopper flight and rescue team was the first unit to come back when the operations transferred back to the RAF.

1993 saw the beginning of a shift, a new formation you could call it. Much of the operational equipment was being replaced and upgraded. Luckily, some of the squadrons got to keep their identifying plates when their planes changed, keeping with the spirit of things. In the first decade, more than one squadron suffered a shift, or complete consumption, into another unit. Even though many regiments were leaving, the facility still remained one of the most active and prime front line operational facilities in the current line up. The beginning few years of this past decade saw an interesting reformation as well. Lossiemouth became the busiest fast jet facility in the Royal Air Force. The Five Force Protection wing was constructed and formed out of the conglomeration of many of the previous units that had existed by themselves at the facility. It was state of the art, and a move that has kept the facility at the top of its game.

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Stotfield-Lossiemouth’s Roots http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/5/stotfield-another-of-the-lossiemouth-origins/ http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/5/stotfield-another-of-the-lossiemouth-origins/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 04:52:53 +0000 admin http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/?p=5 Another of the villages that Lossiemouth has derived its origins from is Stotfield. The settlement of Stotfield has a few possible names, depending on which map and from which period of time those maps are from. Some have it listed as Stotfold, or Stodfauld. In the English of the day, it meant “Horse Fold”. Bearing in mind that name, one can tell it was an area in which horse breeders found a paradise, many had brought their horses to, or quite possibly an area of naturally occurring herds of them. The fact that it was not a Scottish name giving the origin to the city has definitely led to the popular conclusion by historians that it was a settlement settled by foreigners and not those from the native land.

The town existed in the Medieval times mostly as a farming community, containing some very small fishing operations. Though the farming was initially superior, as the population grew, so did the need for a more constant income. Fishing operations grew to meet that need, overtaking the overall farming after a short period. The two industries eventually settled into a dual specialty in the area of both farming and fishing. Some time later though, the fishing industry was impacted by religious initiatives brought into play, but even then the town seemed to subsist on the easily bartered goods of fish and farm products.

For anti-heathen reasons, one practice that had been banned, or at least attempted to be restricted, was the carrying of torches aboard vessels on New Years Eve. It was determine to be proof of how the area still believed in superstitions and idolatry. Those in power believed that the carrying of the torches on New Years Eve meant that the citizens held those idols and superstitions in the same high regard as church practices. In the early 18th century, this information was recorded in the Kinneddar Parish Kirk Session minutes as power being held by Magistrates to fine church parishioners for going against the law and code of the church, a unique situation in this small area.

The area also had a catastrophic incident that is forever remembered. In 1806, Christmas day, every male that was was out on boats fishing when a sudden storm rolled in. All the ships in the small fleet were destroyed and every able bodied adult and adolescent male from the town was killed. The official accounts of this tragedy show that 2 elderly males were spared. It’s a folk memory that is especially retained by the fishermen of the area to this day.

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Lossiemouth’s Origins in Kinneddar http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/3/lossiemouth%e2%80%99s-origins-in-kinneddar/ http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/3/lossiemouth%e2%80%99s-origins-in-kinneddar/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 04:31:06 +0000 admin http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/?p=3 Lossiemouth’s origins have been derived from five separate and distinct communities that were in the immediate area. These communities were Lossiemouth, Branderburgh, Seatown, and the ancient towns of Kinneddar and Stotfield. The roots deep into the past has helped to give Lossiemouth its character.

Existing in what some would call a shambles currently, the original nature of the lands comprising the town of Kinneddar have disappeared since their original formation. In the past, when the settlements were first formed in the area, they were called “Ferm Touns”. Essentially a collective of settlements and domiciles in a group to denote structure. The original placement of those facilities are now long gone. In current existence are evidence of a Pictish settlement having been in the area, as well as many large carved stone pieces. Dating these has placed the lands of Kinneddar to approximately the 8th or 9th century. Most likely a Christian continuance of the original faith, due to there having been many crosses found in the area as well.

The origin of the name, the town’s namesake is somewhat indiscernible. Richard, the bishop of the area at that time, resided there and established the diocese’s cathedral church in Kinneddar. Maps from the 16th century point out this farming community to have been named King Edwards, however the taking of the name from King Edward has been disputed by the Scottish National Library. Edward did stay in the facilities in the area though for a short while when traversing the country, showing that he had an iron grip on the area and everything was in control. It is thought that Kinneddar was likely misinterpreted as King Edward.

At that time, the castles at Elgin, Duffus and Kinneddar were English garrisoned. Robert the Bruce seized and capitalized upon King Richard’s preoccupation with matters in France and England by invading the area. This led to Bruce typically invading each castle, one after the other, and burning them completely to the ground. He was seeking to purge the English influence from the lands. Repelled twice at Elgin castle, he finally succeeded and the place was sacked. The Bishop of Moray’s assistance to Robert the Bruce led to the King excommunicating Bishop. Fleeing east to Norway, the Bishop of Moray later came back after Edward’s death. The village of Kinneddar remained fairly large up until the early 1800s, when it started fading away and merging with the eastern settlement of Lossiemouth.

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